Claims

What are Claims?

The claims are the most important part of a patent. The goal of the claims is to particularly point out and distinctly claim the subject matter which the applicant regards as his or her invention. There must be at least…

Transitional Phrases in Claims

Transitional phrases in patent applications are important, as they specify whether the claim is limited to only the elements listed, or whether the claim may cover items or processes that have additional elements.  The most common transitional phrase used is…

After-Claiming

The term “after-claiming” (also called “late claiming”) refers to a patent prosecution strategy in which a patent applicant introduces new claims in a pending patent application after a disclosure or reduction to practice by another party. While the applicant may only claim…